Starting with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Exonics is translating SingleCut CRISPR gene editing technology into therapies for genetic neuromuscular diseases with significant unmet need.
Exonics Therapeutics was launched in February 2017 to advance the research of our scientific founder, Dr. Eric Olson and his laboratory at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) to develop treatments for patients with neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Olson is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of muscle cells and the application of gene editing to treat these types of diseases. In particular, Dr. Olson’s laboratory has used adeno-associated virus (AAV) to deliver a CRISPR/Cas9 technology that can identify and repair exon mutations to restore the production of dystrophin, a protein that helps stabilize and protect muscle fibers. Dystrophin is the protein missing in boys with Duchenne. The loss of dystrophin causes Duchenne.